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The changing British party system, 1945-1979

Author: S E Finer
Publisher: Washington : American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, ©1980.
Series: Studies in political and social processes.; AEI studies, 265.
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Finer, S.E. (Samuel Edward), 1915-
Changing British party system, 1945-1979.
Washington : American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, ©1980
(OCoLC)562137047
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S E Finer
ISBN: 0844733687 9780844733685
OCLC Number: 5751138
Description: xviii, 244 pages : diag. ; 23 cm.
Contents: I. The inventory : 1. Parties at the parliamentary and governmental level : Still a two-party system ; Parties in government and opposition ; Parliamentary party style ; The left-right dimension ; The social representativeness of the labor and conservative parliamentary parties --
2. Parties at the electoral level : Changes in the electoral system, 1945-1978 ; Distorting elements in the electoral system ; Disproportionality and the electoral system ; Orientation clusters of the major parties ; Social determinants of voting ; Noncompetitive party change, 1945-1979 ; Party identification and voting --
3. The level of the party organizations : Party structures ; Persistencies in the structure of the two main parties ; A note to Euro-candidates ; Changes in party structures ; "Lateral" tensions in the parties: tendencies and factions ; Vertical tensions: grass-roots militants vs. the parliamentary parties ; Manifesto and mandate: the degradation of the democratic dogma ; Campaigning ; Fiddling the economy: economic bribery of the electorate ; The unpopularity of the two main parties --
4. The parties and other institutions : The parties and ancillary organizations ; The parties and the mass media ; The parties and the central bureaucracy --
II. The appraisal : 5. The effectiveness of the party system : The two-party system, British style ; The party system as the prime mover ; The parties as co-agents --
6. Toward reforming the party system : The conventional hypothesis: defense of the status quo ; The impediment hypothesis: toward "doorknocker democracy" ; The dictatorship hypothesis: checks and balances ; The adversary politics hypothesis: toward electoral reform ; The elitist hypothesis: beyond the party system.
Series Title: Studies in political and social processes.; AEI studies, 265.
Responsibility: S.E. Finer.

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